Eglon als ,,Kälbermann"? Exegetische Beobachtungen zu Jdc 3:12-30

in Vetus Testamentum
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This essay argues against the idea that King Eglon in Judges 3:12-30 should be understood in a negative light in the sense of a ,,Kälbermann". Such an interpretation is inherent neither in the king's name nor in the story itself. The story of Ehud and Eglon is fundamentally a hero saga, which portrays the successful assassination of the overpowering king of the Moabites, Eglon, by the seemingly powerless and chanceless Judge Ehud. The story leaves Yahweh unnamed, but behind the allusion to the miracle that no evidence of the murder was left behind, lies a hidden allusion to the works of Yahweh for the sake of Ehud and Israel.

Vetus Testamentum

A Quarterly Published by the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament



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